About SPTC

Welcome to
St Patrick’s Technical College

Every student who attends St Patrick’s Technical College is amazingly gifted and talented. Our focus is to provide a different style of education from that of mainstream schools, accommodating students who love to work with their hands and helping find a pathway they are passionate about.

Our students are inspired to use their unique gifts and talents to discover they really are capable learners. With a new sense of hope and value, this encourages them to be thriving young adults with the confidence to go out and develop meaningful and lifelong pathways to successful employment and future industry leadership.

St Patrick’s Technical College provides students with the education, training, real-life personal experiences and employability skills that employers crave for, setting them up for positive job prospects into the future.

The College is closely partnered with and guided by industry. We are a school that is connected and responsive to industry and completely innovative in its model around work experience, school based apprenticeships, VET and the SACE.

Learning and education is a lifelong process. We recognise that students learn differently and the skills they learn through a trade will serve them well for the rest of their life.

A Platform for Change and Positive Impact

St Patrick’s Technical College opened its doors with 110 students in January 2007 as the Australian Technical College, Northern Adelaide, an initiative of the Australian Government in partnership with Catholic Education SA and the Northern Adelaide Industry Consortium.

In May 2008, the College moved to its current $15 million purpose-built facility, and in 2009 its governance passed directly to Catholic Education SA and was renamed St Patrick’s Technical College.

Today the College’s positive social and economic impact can be seen throughout northern Adelaide and the broader South Australian community. St Patrick’s Technical College has travelled the journey of change and has become a purpose driven leader in vocational education. This is testament to its willingness to embrace change for the benefit of its students.

Since opening in 2007, the College has assisted hundreds of young people in making the transition from school to employment through an apprenticeship or traineeship. In addition to apprenticeship outcomes, graduates also go on to further study or successfully find employment immediately following their time at the College. The employability skills built into every part of the College’s programs play a significant role in this successful transition to further study or the workplace.


Learn more about our unique College


Year 10 to 12 prospectus


Application for enrolment in Year 10 to 12